Since the 1970s, several initiatives in the House have proved to be powerful economic engines: the restoration of the Place Royale, the dredging of the Saint-Jean Channel, the expansion of the terminal and the lengthening of the runways. Jean Lesage International Airport are good examples.
On the economic front, in the 1980s, the House promoted the creation of the Société de promotion économique du Québec métropolitain (SPEQM) and, in the 1990s, helped to set up a Center services for Canadian businesses (info-entrepreneurs) for the regions of Quebec and Eastern Quebec.
Aware that the future of the Québec City region depends on its desire to consolidate and expand the role of research and innovation centers, the Chamber is contributing to the creation of the Action Group for the Technological and Industrial Advancement of the Quebec City region (GATIQ).
In 1997, the Chamber initiated the most important promotional campaign aimed at promoting the international reputation of local businesses and their know-how. Under the theme “Québec City Across the World”, this campaign, proud of a quarter of a million dollars, will help to curb the climate of gloom that has settled in the region.
In 1998, the House agreed to take the torch of the 2010 Quebec City Olympic project by taking the responsibility of finding a leader and bringing together an impressive fundraising campaign for business people. This initiative raised more than $ 450,000 in less than 10 days.
Also in 1998, the Chamber deserves the “Chamber of Commerce of the Year” trophy in recognition of its dynamism and leadership in promoting the economic development of the Greater Québec City area.
In 1999, well-rooted in the history of builders, the House is more active than ever in economic life and is resolutely committed to staying on this path for a long time.
Québec is looking to the future
In 2000, the House launched the “Québec City Capital of the Web” challenge. To this end, an interchamber committee consisting of six Chambers of Commerce in the Greater Quebec Region raises awareness and supports companies in integrating e-business into their current business process.
In 2001, in order to make its orientations even more concrete, the Chamber has a “vision” that will guide its interventions over the coming years, in line with its mission fixed.
On July 3, 2001, the Chamber, supported by the Jean Lesage International Airport, called for regional mobilization to improve regional service and set up the Airline Action Group, which now includes Jean-Lesage International Airport, Quebec City Chamber of Commerce, Quebec City Tourism and Convention Bureau, Quebec City Convention Center, Quebec City Port Authority, Regional Conference of Quebec elected representatives, Pôle Québec Chaudière-Appalaches, the Capitale-Nationale Office, Economic Development Canada. Less than two years after its creation, the Group has succeeded in developing new air links at national and international levels.
In the wake of municipal amalgamations, in the spring of 2001, the Beauport-Beauport Chamber of Commerce began discussions with its counterparts to consolidate the respective forces of each of the chambers for the benefit of the entire community the Greater Québec City area.
On June 17, 2002, the Beauport-Côte-de-Beaupré, Charlesbourg-Chauveau and Metropolitan Quebec Chambers of Commerce joined forces to form the new Quebec City Chamber of Commerce. his members :
a wider range of activities;
a greater variety of services;
a wider network of contacts;
greater power of action.
In 2005, the House embarked on a strategic reflection process. It thus revises its mission and its objectives in order to adapt them to the reality of the moment.